Monday, August 16, 2010

That's interesting.

Someone said of this blog:

I had an argument with this person about a year ago about this blog, in the comments section. I was a little scared that someone who is obviously this well read would be so dangerously wrong.

I gave up in the end, a little shaken. This person was infinitely more sophisticated than this Michael character...

Would be interested to know what anyone thought of the fracas on the comments page. It appears that I rattled Mynym's cage a little bit, because two subsequent blogs made mention of me.

Here is the original post: Social Leftists at it again

I've noticed that people trying to tell me what my feelings are or focusing on my supposed feelings are usually saying more about themselves than anything. For instance, it would appear that I "rattled his cage a little bit," especially given that he was a "little shaken" and was still thinking about arguments I brought forth a year after he read them.

It seems like the same thing happens to biologists when their philosophy is challenged or even discussed. The reaction is not intellectual, it tends to be much more visceral. Perhaps that sort of reaction is actually apposite given the brute stupidity of what biologists typically believe about intelligence, origins and so on. Thus it seems that the sweaty little hands of the censor are quick to emerge.

There is one thing in the comments worth repeating:
As a person who makes fun to have some fun myself, my perspective and "interpretation" might even be that this is the most important lesson to be drawn from the imagery so often invoked about Galileo. Don't censor those who make fun.

On another note, why do people almost always have to shift away from the pursuit of the truth to talk about me instead? I'll be dead soon enough but the truth will remain.

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